Courses

Courses

In-person and online options available for beginners to old hands.

Improv is for everyone: whether you’re an actor looking to add a new string to your bow, a ‘not-even-the-school-nativity’ stage-phobe wanting to build your confidence, or you simply want to add some spontaneity, creativity and laughter to your life, we’ve got a class for you.

Our work and training is based in theatrical narrative long-form: we’ve built our approach from our training with improv masters and practitioners from all over the world, our own experiments over years of teaching, and our own discoveries performing improv and theatre professionally. We teach our students how to make spontaneous, creative and collaborative theatre, with engaging stories. 

Courses:

  • Discovering Improv (4-week in person courses) 
  • Performing Improv Level 1 (4-week in person courses) 
  • Performing Improv Level 2 (4-week in person courses) 
  • Online specialist courses (6-week online courses)

Discovering Improv 

A gentle and challenging introduction to the world of improvisation

Improv isn’t just about being funny (although it is often very funny). For us, improv is about building confidence, celebrating the screw-up and connecting with amazing people. 

Our 4-week Discovering courses are for anyone new to improv or in your first year of discovering it.

Each of the four Discovering courses focuses on different core concepts of improvisation. They are a voyage through spontaneity, creativity and connection – equipping you with the tools to improvise, both on stage and off.

They can be taken in any order, or completed individually. Many students choose to repeat Discovering courses before moving to our Performing Programme. 

The courses are:

  • Listening & Acceptance
  • Support & Collaboration
  • Creativity & Spontaneity
  • Boldness & Play

Who are the Discovering courses for?

  • Everyone! You don’t need any experience in performance or improv, you don’t even need to know what improv is!
  • Anyone looking to build their confidence, creativity and/or spontaneity
  • Anyone looking to make new friends and meet people in Bristol
  • Anyone who has been improvising for a while and wants to fall back in love with it

Performing Improv L1

Learn a new set of skills by approaching improv through different lens’

Performing Improv is a programme of 4 x four-week courses, the topics of which rotate.

Each course approaches performing improvisation through a different lense and teaches you a new set of skills. They can be taken in any order, or completed individually.

The courses are:

  • Creating Characters
  • Telling Stories
  • Making a Scene
  • Building a World

Who are these courses for?

  • Anyone who has started learning about improvisation and wants to hone their skills
  • Anyone with performance experience who wants to explore improvisation specifically, in more depth
  • Anyone who has completed Discovering and wants to continue their journey with the BIT School
  • Anyone who has started learning improv elsewhere and wants to join the BIT School

Performing Improv L2

Courses designed to challenge and expand your improv horizons, in a safe and supportive environment.

Performing Improv L2 is a programme of 4 x four-week courses,  which rotate throughout the year.

At this stage of study, the focus of teaching shifts from games and exercises to include side-coached scenes and individual noting. There is more time spent watching and learning from each other’s work. We explore improv theory, discussing the approach of different practitioners’ and improv schools.

The courses are:

  • Approaches to Scenework
  • Exploring Narrative
  • Developing Characters
  • Scenes from Truth
  • Genre Study

Who is this course for?

  • Anyone who has completed Performing L1 and wants to continue their journey with the BIT school
  • Improvisers looking to hone their skills in a particular area and learn about improv in depth
  • Anyone who would like more detailed feedback on their work and would like to explore improv with others at a similar level.


Online Specialist Courses

Our 6-week online courses are an opportunity to deepen and broaden your understanding of improvised theatre with a specialist focus drawn from the experience of our instructors.

Who are these courses for?

  • Anyone who wants to focus on a specific area of improvisation with a highly experienced improv instructor
  • Anyone who has completed Discovering and wants to continue their journey with the BIT School Online
  • Anyone who has started performing improvisation and wants to hone their skills
  • Anyone who has started learning improv elsewhere and wants to join the BIT School

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